Operation Oysterhood: 11 October

OYSTERHOOD is reclusiveness or solitude, or an overwhelming desire to stay at home.

— @HaggardHawks

A good day. During loadshedding, I did some admin and got through the household Monday morning to-do list.

Then, I went to Camps Bay to see Jo and Karin. I met Jo on board the KLM flight from Amsterdam to Cape Town on 6 February 2015. She was one of the crew members who held my hand during the darkest hours of my life. And today, she and her wife are my friends and they continue to bring light into my life. They are visiting South Africa and we met for coffee this morning. The last time I saw them was just before lockdown, but we always keep in touch, and it was simply wonderful to see them again while they are on holiday – overseas tourists in our beautiful land! Good news all around.

The rest of the day was work, but I smiled throughout and felt for the first time in days that I am gradually regaining control of my workload.

None of it would be possible, of course, without my mouse-and-catssistants … Today morning, they started off really well, but once again fell asleep on the job.

Salieri did make up for it and was a bit more attentive in the afternoon. The coffee helped (me).

Are you following Short Story Day Africa on Instagram? If not, maybe this will convince you to:

Be kind. Wear a mask. Support local. Get vaccinated, please.

“Physical distancing remains one of the key strategies to curb this pandemic.”

— NICD

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